Equality watchdog launches inquiry into racial harassment at universities – The Guardian

‘Britain’s equality watchdog has launched an inquiry into racial harassment at universities amid mounting evidence of students and staff from minority groups facing abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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Bar’s ‘silence’ on sexual harassment must change, says QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, complaints, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sexual harassment at the Bar is “rife”, and the profession’s response is counter-productive, a recorder told a public audience yesterday. Giving a lecture at Gresham College, London, Professor Jo Delahunty QC of 4PB, said: ‘As a senior woman at the Bar, I am in the position where I can speak out about sexual harassment without fear that by doing so I am harming my career.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th November 2018

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Former council leader renews bid for judicial review of finding on sexual harassment – Local Government Lawyer

‘A former leader of Devon County Council has been refused permission to judicially review its decision to sanction him for sexual harassment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th November 2018

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Google settled racism case from contractor ‘treated like a terrorist’ – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2018 in compensation, harassment, internet, news, racism, terrorism by tracey

‘Google was forced to settle a claim of race discrimination by one of its contractors after he claimed he was repeatedly treated as a terror suspect while working on a covert research project to navigate shopping centres for Google Maps.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2018

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‘Love contract’ stalker Lina Tantash jailed – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in harassment, news, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘A “vicious, manipulative” stalker who turned her ex’s life into a “living nightmare” after he broke a so-called love contract has been jailed for four years.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2018

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Lords committee defends decision to suspend Anthony Lester – The Guardian

‘A House of Lords committee that suspended a Liberal Democrat peer who it found had sexually harassed a women’s rights campaigner has defended its decision, after the upper house voted to block the punishment.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2018

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Peers block Lord Lester’s suspension over harassment claims – The Guardian

‘A women’s rights campaigner has said she feels “victimised all over again” after the House of Lords voted to block the suspension of a Liberal Democrat peer who was found to have promised to make her a baroness if she agreed to sleep with him.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2018

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Carl Sargeant’s widow wins high court bid to challenge inquiry into his sacking – The Guardian

‘The widow of a former Welsh government minister, who was found dead while he was facing sexual misconduct allegations, has won a high court bid to challenge the legality of an inquiry into his sacking.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2018

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Victims of gagging clauses to get a voice as Parliament launches inquiry in wake of Sir Philip Green scandal – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims forced to sign gagging clauses could be given a voice as Parliament today launches a new inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements following the scandal surrounding Sir Philip Green.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2018

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Silencing of Sir Philip Green’s British accusers is ‘making a mockery of legal system’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2018 in harassment, injunctions, news, public interest, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Silencing Sir Philip Green’s alleged British victims while his former employees in America speak out on is “making a mockery” of the UK’s legal system, experts and MPs have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2018

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Bar Standards Board clarifies the responsibility of barristers to report sexual harassment – Cloisters

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, notification, pilot schemes by sally

‘Jen Danvers considers the Bar Standard Board’s recent regulatory update to barristers concerning the reporting of harassment and the pilot harassment support scheme.’

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Cloisters, 29th October 2018

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Robert Craig: The Peter Hain Case: The Effect of Article IX – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Peter Hain’s decision to breach an interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in the case of ABC v Telegraph Media Group has caused serious concern. It is one of the cardinal rules in Parliament that members should not interfere in ongoing legal proceedings and Hain did not wait until the end of the proceedings before breaching this injunction, even though the case had been scheduled for an early full hearing. He does not appear even to have read the court judgment he saw fit to overrule, effectively.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 31st October 2018

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Criminal law not keeping pace with digital world – report – The Guardian

‘Online communications law is incoherent and fails to protect victims of abuse from harassment such as “deepfake” pornography, according to a report by the Law Commission.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2018

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Philip Green and non-disclosure agreements: do we have a right to know? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The circumstances in which a court should prevent the press from reporting information about famous people has long provoked debate. The decision of the Court of Appeal in ABC & Ors v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2329 is no exception, attracting extensive press coverage and comment from the #MeToo movement.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th October 2018

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Why the judges got it wrong in granting Philip Green an injunction – The Guardian

‘The court of appeal failed to see the case from the point of view of victims of sexual harassment.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2018

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Labour peer Peter Hain defends decision to expose Philip Green as businessman accused of sexual harassment – The Independent

‘Peter Hain has defended his decision to use parliamentary privilege to name Sir Philip Green as the businessman at the centre of a row over allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2018

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NDAs in spotlight as Court of Appeal gags newspaper – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal ruling barring the publication of allegations that a ‘leading businessman’ sexually harassed and racially abused employees has re-ignited the debate over the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlements. In ABC and others v Telegraph Media Group, Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Henderson granted a temporary injunction preventing the Telegraph from publishing what the newspaper says is the result of eight months of investigation into the behaviour of an individual identified as ‘ABC’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th October 2018

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Harassment – when new evidence isn’t – Nearly Legal

‘This was Homelets of Bath appeal from first instance judgment against them on Ms T’s claim for harassment under Prevention of Harassment Act 1997 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977, and assault and false imprisonment, with damages to be assessed.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st October 2018

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End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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New chapter: ending sexual harassment at the Bar – Counsel

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘It’s not just women who are victims, not just men who are perpetrators and not just dinosaurs who are the problem. Sophie Garner and Esther Gamble outline the new Bar Council guidance on sexual harassment – busting myths, altering mindsets and powering collaborative change.’

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Counsel, October 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk